Mae Jemison, MD

Mae Jemison, MDFormer NASA astronaut Mae Jemison made history as the first African-American woman to travel in space. But as an engineer, scientist, medical doctor, and educator, her accomplishments hardly stop there. She is the founder of The Jemison Group, Inc., a technology consulting company that researches, develops, and implements advanced technologies suited to the developing world. She is also founder and president of a medical devices company, BioSentient Corporation. In addition to a stint as professor of environmental studies at Dartmouth College, Jemison founded and directs The Earth We Share, an international science camp for 12—16 year-olds. Jemison is Bayer Corporation's national advocate for the Making Science Make Sense initiative, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and on the boards of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Scholastic, Inc., Valspar Corporation, and Gen-Probe Inc.